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November 7, 2018 / Heather

One Rainy Night – NaNo 2018

I’m writing this while I sit down with my first cup of tea for the day. I haven’t had tea for a little while, especially hot tea. So bear with me while I try to gather my thoughts together so this post can go live today. Heh.

My NaNoWriMo project for this year is titled One Rainy Night. It follows two beings.

Siaer Luca, who also goes by Luc. She is human, trying to find her place in the world, and the story opens up with her driving in a rainstorm until her car has broken down.

Then we have Ellory Fense, but please, call him Fense. He truly dislikes his first name.

Siaer’s car breaks down in front of where Fense lives. From there, the story goes on.

Synopsis on the NaNo site:

One rainy night a young woman’s car breaks down. She finds an old school turned into housing. It looks abandoned…

… It’s not.

I didn’t start writing until day 3 this year. Not by choice, but because I had other things I was dealing with and things in my personal life that I needed and wanted to take care of.

At the end of day 3 I only had 1609 words out of the ideal 5001. I was determined to have 7000 by the end of Sunday which had a goal of 6668. When I stopped writing for the night I had 7971. Almost 1000 words BEYOND what I was aiming for.

I haven’t written yet today, but when I pick my story up I will have a count of 12,015. The goal for today is 11,669 to be on par. I’m hoping to stay at least a day or two ahead of count.

Next week is going to be dedicated to staying ahead in my novel and working on other things that I haven’t had a chance to work on for some time. I’m behind on edits/revisions for Unexpected Moments, and I am planning on working through edits for Meeting Mr. Right in December. We’ll see just how much I can get done among 3 stories now.

Projects I’m currently working on:

  • Posting the 100 Theme Challenge from back in 2009 to my Wattpad account
  • Drafting poems into the Poetry story in my Wattpad account
  • Play project with a friend of mine. We’ve been meeting weekly for this, but our schedule this week got thrown off
  • Revisions and some finalizations for Unexpected Moments
  • Figuring out how to edit Meeting Mr. Right
  • Writing One Rainy Night

I’m dealing with a handful of things in my personal life that will remain with me and the people those things deal with. It’s nothing bad, but I don’t feel like sharing much of my personal life in this post. Maybe another post later on. Who knows, maybe it’ll be the post I inevitably do at the end of the year that has my New Years Resolutions in it. I feel like I should be working on those now, actually…

I have a few things to do and then I’m going to be getting to writing. Peace everyone. And if you’re NaNo-ing, happy writing.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

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October 31, 2018 / Heather

Halloween!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! Enjoy yourselves!

October 24, 2018 / Heather

Birthdays

So… Yesterday was my birthday.

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I was celebrating it by being at work. I prefer working my birthday because usually my coworkers aren’t aware that my birthday is happening.

There was one year that I was closing at work with a couple of coworkers, one I called a friend back then (and still call her a friend) and the other I began to call a friend more over time.

The coworker who had been working downstairs all evening came up and was waiting on our other coworker and I to finish closing and she called out from the other side of the library saying happy birthday to me.

My other coworker? The one who had been across the room from my for 3+ hours? Turned on her heel and her jaw hit the floor. “WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY?!” XD Guys… I laughed SO hard. It was too perfect.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

(I’m drafting this post quite a ways in advance and at the time I’m drafting the post I have no plans for my birthday and I’m hoping to work on my birthday. As to if I end up getting plans for my birthday I have no clue. I try to avoid making plans for my birthday because my plans don’t always pan out. Especially when I’m involved. Lol.)

October 17, 2018 / Heather

Spooktacular Viewing: An American Werewolf in London

There’s no denying it, An American Werewolf in London is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite movies. And because October is the month with Halloween, my favorite holiday, I’m sharing some of my favorite horror/scary things. Last week I talked about one of my favorite authors, Mira Grant.

This post was tough to nail down. There are SO many great horror movies! And what counts as a horror movie varies depending on who you ask.

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This movie you guys… Two American college students go overseas to Britain and get themselves in some trouble. They get attacked by a werewolf and none of the local townsfolk will admit the beast exists.

I first saw this movie on VHS through my local library. It’s from 1981, okay? The effects are GOING to look cheesy. They’re going to be OBVIOUSLY fake. But that’s part of the enjoyment!

Why do I love this movie? Well… For one thing the werewolf does NOT look like a Wookie! Yes, that bothers me. Immensely. I HATE when werewolves look more like Wookies or bears instead of wolves or a wolf-human hybrid.

Some of my other favorite movies? Misery (Kathy Bates is love), Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown (the first one), and IT (both versions).

If you’re on the hunt for a good horror movie or if you have one to share leave a comment on the post and let’s talk horror! If you’re not into that sort of thing well… I hope you find a movie that gets you through the scary times.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

October 10, 2018 / Heather

Scary Good Reading: Mira Grant!

Because October is the month that holds Halloween (my favorite holiday) I’m celebrating all month long!

Originally I was only planning on having a few book recommendations here. I had a list of four books. Misery, It, Dracula, and the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. After some thought and some serious laughter I decided on featuring one of my favorite authors instead! Mira Grant! I love this author. There are several authors I love, but Mira Grant, guys… Guys!!! She’s amazing. I’ve mentioned at least two of her books here before, Feed and Deadline… But she’s so amazing.

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Mira’s Newsflesh series follows some young adults during a political campaign in the post-zombie world. There are zombies, techies, politicians, corruption, and this series is just SO. MUCH. AWESOME! A friend recommended these to me and it took me AGES to get into the first book until I gave the audiobook a try. Addiction, thy name is Mira Grant. Whenever I hear she has a new book coming out I usually end up pre-ordering the audiobook on my Audible account (or at least putting it on my wish list so I can later grab the book).

Yes, Mira Grant also writes under the name Seanan McGuire and while I also enjoy her work as Seanan I’m more for her work as Mira. It’s darker and it fits better with my tastes, but go give her a try. Especially if you like creepy things.

Scary reading!

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

October 3, 2018 / Heather

On-the-fly

I haven’t done a post like this for some time. I think that’s a great thing, but also kind of a bad thing. I’m not entirely sure why I feel it’s a bad thing as well as a good thing, but I do. I have been trying to be good about drafting posts and not typing and then sending them immediately. But this post is on-the-fly.

What have I been up to lately?

See the image above…

The last week of September was a weird week at work because of a local fair being in town. I ended up working only at my desk two days straight doing computer work (tons of typing and some writing) totaling 17 or so hours at my desk between the two days and then coming home to continue working on things that involved more writing and typing for more hours. Not. Smart. Of. Me.

What else am I working on?

  • ML things for NaNoWriMo
  • Polishing Unexpected Moments
  • Planning edits for the next story I’ll publish after Unexpected Moments
  • Planning my NaNo project
  • Collaborating with a friend on a project (and I just had an idea for it too while typing this!)
  • Planning posts for my Wattpad account (uploading more poetry there)

What am I working on that’s not writing related?

  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Work
  • Trying not to hate myself (self-image issues)
  • Trying to better my mental health
  • Working on my goals and aspirations
  • Trying to get into a schedule
  • Trying to focus on the good and amazing people in my life especially when I see a hurtful message from someone at 4 in the morning that catches me at such a bad moment that I end up shaking and sobbing because the message was designed to trigger me which also leads to hating myself for letting it get to me.
  • Trying to maintain happiness.

One of the good things in my life right now is that I have some very sweet, cool, and amazing people in my life and I have them on my mind all the time which helps battle the not-so-nice-and-happy thoughts that are there.

Enough of my ramblings for now, I think. I have work to get doing.

Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 26, 2018 / Heather

Bitmoji Addiction >.>

So… As you’ll see in the next several coming posts… I miiiiight have a slight addiction to using Bitmojis. For those who don’t know, Bitmojis are these things.

bitmoji-20180802020105.png And I really enjoy using them whenever given the opportunity. They’re almost as bad as GIFs, let’s be honest. And I love a good GIF. Like… I SERIOUSLY love a good GIF. I use them whenever I can. The above Bitmoji is, indeed, my favorite one. Partly because there’s a book, partly because it’s how I’d love to look, and partly because I just think it’s downright cool how technology has come so far as to allow us to be able to represent ourselves with such an image.

Primarily associated with Snapchat, Bitmojis are not super common, but I still have a lot of love for them. There’s a large range of expressions and all sorts of different things and I’d really like to utilize Bitmojis more.

I’m not entirely sure what else to post here, really. I didn’t have a plan for this psot other than me rambling about Bitmojis.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 19, 2018 / Heather

Writing with a Bad Wrist

So, I know I’ve mentioned at least a time or two before, probably more times than I realize or can remember, but in any case…

This post is about writing with a wrist that doesn’t always cooperate. It’s going to be a little (a lot?) more serious than I tend to try and be. I usually try to be my goofy weird self, but sometimes I need to be serious.

I’m a writer. And I have tendonitis.

So what IS tendonitis?

The way it was explained to me back when I was “diagnosed”)is that it’s tendons that inflame. The way I tell people is usually “it’s like carpal tunnel, but there’s no surgery” or “it’s an RSI (repetitive stress injury)” or something akin to one of those. Basically when my wrist gets too worked it ends up hurting. A LOT. Most usually to the point where I can’t do anything with my wrist. It’s also one of the reasons I’m anal about ergonomics with keyboards and such being so important.

I used to do a LOT of writing by hand. Honestly, that’s all I did was write by hand unless otherwise required. I ended up doing so much writing (and texting and typing and other such things) that I essentially caused permanent damage to my wrist. I went from being able to write several pages at a time by hand to not being able to make it through writing one page by hand without severe pain.

These days I can write a page or so by hand without much pain, but there’s still pain involved. I have to be careful of what I do and how much I do. It’s a really good lesson in taking care of yourself and I wish I hadn’t had to learn it in the way that I did.

With that said yes, even the way I type sometimes does end up causing me some pain. Usually it’s a mixture of the amount that I’m typing/writing by hand and the weather even. If it’s too hot or too cold there’s a good deal of pain. Usually the hotter it is the more prone to pain I am. It’s part of why I always try to carry Aleve (I get the generic stuff) in my bag.

This is the 7th blog post I’ve drafted tonight. I’m on a roll, what can I say? Am I going to regret all this typing in the morning? Yes. Do I regret this already? I’m getting there. I love the typing and everything and yes, it’s been worth it, but it comes at a cost. This is the last post I’m drafting for the evening and it’s taken me longer to type this post out than it did to write the 6 other posts start to finish. Part of it is the ergonomics issue, but part of it is also the issue of how much I’ve typed so far this evening so quickly (and how much typing I’ve done in the rest of the day as well).

Take care of yourselves guys. Be it your wrists, arms, ankles, eyes, of whatever… Be careful. If I could go back and tell myself what I know now, I’d have done a few things differently (and not just in my dating life, lol).

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

September 12, 2018 / Heather

Still Alive Over Here!

Hey everyone,

Sorry, sorry, I know I end up saying this quite a bit, but I AM still alive over here in my corner of the world. Even if I feel dead some days, I promise you I am alive. Maybe not always well, but I am alive.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo in November and I’m excited. Even if my annual NaNo panic has started setting in a month early this year (I think that’s partly due to being an ML this year and I’m concerned that my co-ML has never apparently participated in NaNoWriMo and a few other things there). I have a lot of plans and things to get done both NaNo related and a lot of stuff to do that’s not NaNo related.

I’m not sure what’s going to make me crack first though, really. There’s a lot going on and a number of things that are making me question a LOT of things some days. I’m also slightly concerned about myself that I haven’t even STARTED the Laurell K. Hamilton book that came out on August 7th. Y’know, the book I pre-ordered in 3 different formats that I have picked up several times, but have yet to actually open and read despite the fact that the last book she released I ended up going to 3 different stores on the release day for a physical copy to start right away.

I’m only a LITTLE ashamed of myself right now over that. But anyway…

I have no idea where I was going to go with this post. I’ve been more active on Instagram (PoetRazor13) and on the Facebook page for writing (H.R. Shavor, you can find a link on the contact me information page here on the blog).

To all you lovely and patient people, thank you for putting up with my lack of postings. I appreciate it and those of you who want them get hugs. To those who have been silently impatient, I appreciate you too because the silence doesn’t make me really nervous and cause anxiety issues.

This is just a very bare-bones post at the moment. Even if it’s full of me rambling.

I did have an interesting moment at work last week though that I’d like to share with you.

I work a public desk… I was working the desk and someone came in. She asked if I’d written any poetry lately. Guys… GUYS! I spaced out and had a moment of “how do you know I write poetry” and kind of paused there in awkward silence for what felt like a few minutes before I realized SHE PROBABLY READS THE PAPER AND LIKELY REMEMBERED THAT I PLACED 2ND IN THE POETRY CONTEST EARLIER THIS YEAR!!! X_X I was dead. I was so mortified with myself.

And then I felt bad because I haven’t written any actual poetry for some time because life has been in the way of all sorts of things and I just really haven’t bothered sitting down to write any poetry for a long time. What feels like a very long time, actually.

I should remedy this, but I have a novel to plan. I have no idea what my title will be this year. Currently there sits no novel information on my NaNoWriMo account for the year because while I have a good idea that’s partly fleshed out with what I’m to be writing about this November I refuse to put it up on the NaNo site until I have a title for the project. That’s just how I am. I feel like I need at least a working title I’m happy with before I announce a project. Who knows. Maybe one will come to me sometime soon. Maybe while I’m in the shower tonight. *shrugs* Only time will tell. Or maybe I need to take my dog on a walk soon and listen to music while I do. Or meditate on what my title should be.

Needless to say there are several option I have for how to get a title to start floating around my head.

I AM, however, excited because tomorrow marks the first time I’ll be attending a writing group meeting with some friends. We’re starting up the group that used to meet at the library where I used to live and we’re going to start talking about regular meetings and such. I’ve got so many idea options for writing group related things that it’s unreal. It’s seriously unreal at this point. Like… I’m scaring myself with the number of ideas for writing group that pop into my head.

It’s like there are far too many ideas in my head for me to keep contained.

I also have SEVERAL ideas for things related to my blog here and for my Facebook page in regards to some changes or some upcoming things that I’m interested in. While I’m sitting here frantically typing at this computer in front of me I’m reminded of just how quickly I can type some days. It feels all sorts of gloriously wonderful and I deeply love it.

I do believe this is enough rambling for one night. Maybe I’ll finally get around to drafting some upcoming posts for a few things. Ha! Maybe…

Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

August 8, 2018 / Heather

Feeling… Good?

I’m going to start by stating flat out. I have not been well. Mentally and emotionally. I’ve been a mess. Some days I go on auto-pilot and that’s not like me.

The last week has been especially rough. It’s been silent when I need noise and noisy when I need silence. I’ve had people reaching out to me who aren’t the person or people I want to have reaching out to me.

But today…

Today, I feel good!

Why?

This is part of it. I’ve had sleep and caffeine. But that’s not the best of it.

For the first time in probably near 2 months I worked on Unexpected Moments. I had wanted to get this round of revisions done through July for Camp NaNo and I could not do it. I was not in a mental state where I could work.

My job has had some chaos to it and yes, that added to an already high level of stress, but I was able to manage a lot of it, sometimes not in the best ways. There were a couple of nights this week I cried while lying in bed. Cried because I could not handle the thoughts in my head.

I will not vent those thoughts here, this post is about feeling good.

The way Unexpected Moments is printed for my edits has 2 pages side-by-side on a page. This works incredibly well for this story for me. It totals 135 pages.

I finished what I had wanted to be a month of work in one day.

In what was probably 6 hours or so. I don’t know for sure, I didn’t time it. Kind of wish I had!

There is still one piece that is bothering me, but I can do another round of edits. Maybe.

My goal for today was to get all the revisions typed in so I could focus on planning and plotting for NaNo coming in November. I’m excited for it and I want to plan and plot something new. I have an idea for it and it’s going to take more planning and plotting than things I’ve written in the past.

My point is, you won’t always have good days. Or even weeks. Some days and weeks the story you have will be the last thing on your mind or the thing you want to think about least in the world. Writers joke a LOT about how if our story was alive it would beat us or that the story is begging for our attention. But we don’t always remember to find peace with our story.

Sitting down and listening to music while working on my story? Is the most peace I’ve felt in a long time. And damn do I feel good.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor